Archive for May 2014

Departing Deezer CEO Axel Dauchez to lead Publicis France

It was quite a shock a few weeks ago when Deezer, currently ramping up for a delayed US launch, announced that CEO Axel Dauchez, who has been in this role since co-founder Jonathan Benassaya left at the end of 2010, would be leaving the company in September. It seemed quite clear that Dauchez had his […]

Dashlane raises $22 Million to go head-to-head with 1Password

Dashlane raises $22 Million to go head-to-head with 1Password

Paris- and New York-based Dashlane has raised $22 Million from Bessemer Venture Partners as well as existing investors for their password protection solution, the company announced this week. Born in 2010 as a project by co-founder Bernard Liautaud as Paris engineering school Ecole Centrale de Paris, Dashlane has grown to a service with more than […]

Do you Doodle? has 20 Million users, a new CEO & big plans for 2014

Do you Doodle? has 20 Million users, a new CEO & big plans for 2014

You’re likely familiar with Doodle. At some point in the last 4 years, you’ve probably had a series of email back-and-forths trying to find the common denominator between everyone’s schedule, ultimately culminating in someone saying “forget it, let’s just use Doodle.” That’s at least how I got introduced to it, when a few former coworkers […]

After winning out on SFR, Numericable buys Virgin Mobile

After coming out on top in the negotiations for SFR, Numericable announced Friday that it is also entering into exclusive negotiations to purchase Virgin Mobile. According to Carphone Warehouse Group, 46% owners of Virgin Mobile’s France holding company Omer Telecom, the transaction would be valued at around 325 million euros. Carphone Warehouse Group, looks to […]

The Food Assembly raises €1.5 Million, plans June launch in Germany, UK & Spain

The Food Assembly, (LaRucheQuiDitOui (literally, “the Hive which says Yes” in French), who provides a marketplace for farmers to sell directly to consumers, has been picking up steam around Europe, as it recently announced it will go by The Food Assembly in the UK & Germany, while remaining “Colmena que dice Sí” in Spain. The […]

Infographic: The Growth of Car-Sharing in France

In honor of OuiShare Fest and Drivy’s recent €6 Million fundraising, Rude Baguette took a dive into Rude List to look at how Car-Sharing has grown in the past 18 months in Paris. The key takeaway here is growth. Everyone is growing – members, cars – and, while it appears that Drivy is ahead (we don’t […]

France can now (legally) veto all acquisitions by foreign companies

The potential acquisition of Alstom by General Electric has made more than the usual headlines in France & around the world, notably due to the French government’s lobbying for German competitor Siemens to acquire the company’s ailing Energy division, currently valued at upwards of $17 Billion. For those without memory loss, this process may feel […]

Cosmetics company Nivea teases Connected Hardware in latest Ad Campaign

German cosmetic brand Nivea is mostly well-known for its sunblocks and after-sun lotions. Starting with protecting your skin with cream, the brand decided to go a step further and launched an ad campaign – together with FCB Brazil agency – to protect your kids with a connected bracelet. The “Nivea Protege” bracelet is distributed in […]

France’s 1st FrenchTech Festival includes 14 Conferences throughout June

June will be a hot month for Paris – and I’m not just talking about the weather – France’s startup initiative LaFrenchTech has released information[fr] about the first “FrenchTech Festival” taking place all throughout the month of June, including 14 conferences across France, including Paris, Nantes, & Strasbourg. The festival includes iconic French conferences like Nantes’ […]

PeopleDoc (Novapost) raises $17.5M from Accel to eliminate paper from HR

Paris-based PeopleDoc (formerly known in France as Novapost) has raised $17.5 Million from Accel Partners for their cloud enterprise solution for Human Resources. The company, which has offices in NYC and Boston, currently counts over 150 large companies as clients, including Dow Chemical, Total, Motorola & Starbucks. The fundraising will allow PeopleDoc to continue expansion across […]